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Review: The Killers At Perth Arena, 1 May 2018

As though releasing five chart-topping albums in 15 years wasn’t enough, The Killers demonstrated to a Perth crowd on Tuesday night why they are one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century.

Nearing the end of their 128 show world tour, the Nevada four-piece transported Perth Arena to the glitz, glamour and excess of Las Vegas with jaw-dropping visuals on a screen-covered set, complete with oversized, light-up props and a water tower emblazoned with the name Perth.

Opening with the title track of their latest record, Wonderful Wonderful, frontman Brandon Flowers confidently emerged in a tiger-print blazer, tight black pants and boots, accompanied by the band and three bedazzled back-up singers.

Getting straight to business, the disco-rock bass of lead single ‘The Man’ began, followed by an explosion of pink confetti, quintessential Vegas cowboy visuals and Flowers’ puffed-out chest that was more tongue-in-cheek than cocky.

The sold-out mosh-pit of fans, young and old, required no warming up, erupting into song and dance as the band dived into some of their biggest hits; ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘Spaceman’.

Dripping with sweat 20 minutes into the show from vigorous dance moves and drumming, the 36-year-old Flowers laughed with Vannucci, encouraging the crowd to make them work for their money. “We can give a lot, its kind of scary sometimes.”

The lovable lead thrived off the buzzing left side of the pit, neglecting the right and those stuck to their seats in the stands. A higher level of engagement would have prevented the dip in energy during the more tender and contemplative tracks like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Rut’.

Sydney support act Alex Cameron jumped back on stage with his keys player Holiday Sidewinder and saxophonist Roy Molloy to sing an under-rehearsed collaboration, which certainly didn’t live up to The Killers’ promise that it would be “better than any lamington, or Twisties.”

Thankfully, punchy vocals from the soulful back-up singers in ‘Runaways’ were a far more satisfying conclusion to the unofficial end of the show.

The Killers love to keep their fans begging for more, and a five minute wait for the encore left the stadium cheering in waves.

Just as the anticipation was about to turn to fatigue, the western beat of ‘The Calling’ began, and Flowers burst back on stage, now wearing aviators and a gold diamanté-encrusted suit, with more pizzazz than ever.

The crowd went wild and the band smashed out ‘When You Were Young’ and British cult classic ‘Mr Brightside’ to a standing ovation.

The Killers have refined their craft and shaped the music industry since their formation in 2001, and, fingers-crossed, they will make their five chart toppers turn to six.

Touching on the band’s seemingly perpetual growth, Flowers quoted Ernest Hemingway; “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self.”

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